Four days later, on Nov 22, 2020, Norman Köhring announced the 250KB Club. Norman Köhring is a programmer, open-source enthusiast, hacker, and an organizer of Vuejs Berlin. He calls himself a code artist because he believes that programming can and should be seen as a creative process. The new club available at https://250kb.club/ sets a tougher challenge for web pages to be a part of this club. True to the tradition set by its predecessor, it begins with an ominous note, “The Web Is Doom. Let us do something about it! The 250kb Club is a collection of web pages that focus on performance, efficiency, and accessibility. Websites in this list must not exceed 256kb compressed size!” Unlike its predecessor, this new club emphasizes that the size limit applies to the compressed size of the website. “It makes much more sense because it allows for a lot of text to be transferred without having a big impact on the total size,” the club website explains. It led to more discussions about web development and performance. On Hacker News, the announcement received 40 votes and over 50 comments. A commenter lamented about how ads degrade website performance, “One of the worst things you can do to your web responsivity is: ads. Bloated ads downloaded from overloaded ad servers may take ten times as much bandwidth and time than whatever the visitors came to see.”
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A little over a month later, on Dec 28, 2020, Susam Pal announced the 10KB Club. Susam Pal is an open-source developer and security software developer. He has been a contributor to security features to Apache Nutch. He is the author and maintainer of open source projects like TeXMe and Uncap. The 10KB Club hosted at https://10kbclub.com/ reduces the required size limit even further. The club website states in its introduction, “The 10KB Club is a curated collection of websites whose home pages do not exceed 10KB compressed size.” The club website stipulates a set of rules that must be satisfied before a website can be added to its collection. One of the rules establish notability guidelines, “The website must be very noteworthy or some content from the website must have received at least 100 points on Reddit or Hacker News.” This new club includes popular Hacker News and Reddit threads about each website in the collection. The announcement of the new club received over 120 votes and 40 comments on Hacker News. A commenter said, “This is awesome. I have really noticed how much I like reading simple text focussed websites recently, mostly since all the consent forms everywhere.” Another commenter appreciated the notability guidelines, “The guidelines for noteworthiness help keep mostly-blank pages and other low-hanging fruits from being submitted.”
That was an interesting turn of events that involved three open-source developers creating MB/KB clubs to make a point about website performance and bandwidth. It began with the 1MB Club and reached a logical conclusion with the 10KB Club. The discussions these clubs triggered on popular online forums show that there are many web developers who care about web page load time and user experience. Will it slow down the trend of websites becoming heavier? It is hard to say. But there surely are many lean and fast loading websites. Check these club websites to find some of these gems.
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